Considered apart from any application to a particular
object; separated from matter; existing in the mind only; as, abstract
truth, abstract numbers. Hence: ideal; abstruse; difficult.
Expressing a particular property of an object viewed
apart from the other properties which constitute it; -- opposed to
concrete; as, honesty is an abstract word.
Resulting from the mental faculty of abstraction; general
as opposed to particular; as, "reptile" is an abstract or general name.
Abstracted; absent in mind.
To withdraw; to separate; to take away.
To draw off in respect to interest or attention; as, his
was wholly abstracted by other objects.
To separate, as ideas, by the operation of the mind; to
consider by itself; to contemplate separately, as a quality or
To epitomize; to abridge.
To take secretly or dishonestly; to purloin; as, to
abstract goods from a parcel, or money from a till.
To separate, as the more volatile or soluble parts of a
substance, by distillation or other chemical processes. In this sense
extract is now more generally used.
That which comprises or concentrates in itself the
essential qualities of a larger thing or of several things.
Specifically: A summary or an epitome, as of a treatise or book, or of
a statement; a brief.
A state of separation from other things; as, to consider
a subject in the abstract, or apart from other associated things.
An abstract term.
A powdered solid extract of a vegetable substance mixed
with sugar of milk in such proportion that one part of the abstract
represents two parts of the original substance.